Marc Hom and the Magic of Twin Peaks
When Twin Peaks first hit the air in 1990 it quickly became one of the top-rated shows on television, thanks to its mash-up of noir and horror tropes with unconventional humor and a thick band of eerie mystery. But the show didn’t last long. ABC canceled it after only the second season, launching it from popular culture to the cult classic hall of fame. But 25 years after the show went off the air, it’s coming back, this time to Showtime for a limited series. When the show was originally on the air, Marc Hom was a fan. “It was just such a magic moment the first time around because TV was not what it is today,” says Marc. “It was such a milestone so to revisit that and seeing all the people again and that was pretty magical.” His fandom made him the perfect photographer to reintroduce fans to the world of Twin Peaks, teaming up with Entertainment Weekly on a trio of covers and a breathtaking series of portraits.
Twin Peaks was a cultural moment, and the team that created it knew what they were doing was special. So bringing them all back together 25 years later was exciting for everyone involved. Marc was just glad to be there to witness it and take part in his own way. “I haven’t been with people so excited to be together and photographed together and excited to celebrate this kind of reunion,” says Marc. “And of course I have tremendous respect for David Lynch and having him to come on set and see them all again, so that was really, really quite great… It’s a little bit like the band going back on tour.” Some of these actors we haven’t seen much since the show was originally on the air in the 1990s, so it’s a thrill to let them back into our living rooms, either through the television or the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
The morning that Marc woke up to get to the shoot, he realized that he had the opportunity to contribute more than just beautiful pictures. He wanted to inject a little something extra as an homage to the story. “I thought we needed to give it something that had just a little bit of mystery to it somehow, just to make it a little bit eerie, give it that kind of feeling,” says Marc. So he decided to use a very analog technique of setting up a series of lights and moving the subject and camera together to get a wispy, almost ghost-like swipe into each portrait. It gave him the exact eerie feeling he wanted, as well as being a perfect reflection of the themes of the show: “It’s really something you can’t control, that’s the fun about it,” Marc explains. “Every frame is different because it depends on how much you move compared to how much they move, and so it’s really quite fun. What you’re getting it’s absolutely not what you think you’re getting. Magic happens when you do something like that.” Magic cannot be controlled, instead we stand back and let it wash right over us. That’s what Marc wanted to deliver in this shoot and that’s exactly what he gave us.